Surface: The Microsoft tablet

by Shijaz Abdulla on 19.06.2012 at 05:42


Microsoft yesterday announced Surface, a new family of PCs for Windows, at an event in Hollywood. The Microsoft-made hardware will be available starting with the release of Windows 8 and Windows RT. The devices were conceived, designed and engineered entirely by Microsoft employees.

Key points:

  • Two models of Surface will be available – one running an ARM processor featuring Windows RT and the other running a third generation Intel Core processor featuring Windows 8.
  • With a full-sized USB port, and 16:9 aspect ratio for HD, it has edges angled at 22 degrees, making it comfortable to use and lets the software take center stage, without hardware getting in the way.
  • The casing of Surface is created using a unique approach called VaporMg (pronounced Vapor-Mag), a combination of material selection and process to mold metal and deposit particles that creates a finish akin to a luxury watch. Starting with magnesium, parts can be molded as thin as .65 mm, thinner than the typical credit card, to create a product that is thin, light and rigid/strong.
  • An integrated kickstand is always available for use whenever needed without adding to extra weight or thickness.
  • Touch Cover: A 3mm keyboard interface using a unique pressure-sensing technology that senses keystrokes as gestures, helping you type faster than on an on-screen keyboard. Touch Covers will be available in various colors. The touch covers attach to the Surface through a built-in magnetic connector and also doubles up as a protective cover.


Surface for Windows RT

  • OS: Windows RT

  • Light(1): 676 g

  • Thin(2): 9.3 mm

  • Clear: 10.6” ClearType HD Display

  • Energized: 31.5 W-h

  • Connected: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae

  • Productive: Office ‘15’ Apps, Touch Cover, Type Cover

  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand

  • Configurable: 32 GB, 64 GB

Surface for Windows 8 Pro

  • OS: Windows 8 Pro

  • Light(1): 903 g

  • Thin(2): 13.5 mm

  • Clear: 10.6” ClearType Full HD Display

  • Energized: 42 W-h

  • Connected: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae

  • Productive: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block

  • Practical: VaporMg Case & Stand

  • Configurable: 64 GB, 128 GB

(1), (2). Actual size and weight of the device may vary due to configuration and manufacturing process.


Above and below are pictures of the devices from the Surface gallery on the Microsoft website.


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